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DecorPad- a home decor and design resource

DecorPad - a source for decorating, renovating and home building touts 70k registered users since 2008.  With free registration, social tools, a virtual library, paint gallery, and lots of design ideas this is another “interior design” inspiration resource.

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Online Life in Pictures - the Rise of Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr

A recent Study by Pew Internet reveals some interesting statistics about how we use photos and videos as “social currency” online.

In a phone survey of 1,005 adults ages 18 and older between August 2-5, 2012 the Pew Internet Project found that: 

  • 12% of online adults say they use Pinterest, which is dominated by women. Nearly a fifth of online women (19%) use Pinterest
  • 12% of online adults say they use Instagram, which is dominated by young adults. Some 27% of the internet users between ages 18-29 use Instagram
  • 5% of online adults say they use Tumblr. Some 11% of young adults use this social blogging service that allows for easy sharing of various types of posts, including text, photos, quotes, links, music, and video.

This survey also found that:

  • 66% of online adults use Facebook 
  • 20% use LinkedIn 
  • 16% use Twitter

You can read more about the Study at Pew Internet at



How to Make a Statement with your Images by "Stylizing"

Part 2 - From the Furnishly Blog

In the first post of this series we reviewed the 2 main types of photo editing applications and discussed a couple of great options to enhance your images. Click here to see our previous post.

In this post, we will talk about some tools available to STYLIZE your photos.

The applications covered in this series were chosen because they are FREE TO USE, are AVAILABLE ON MULTIPLE DEVICE TYPES (i.e. both iOS and Android and sometimes the Web), and generally are known for their EASE OF USE .

Characteristics of “Stylizing” Applications:

  • Provide opportunities to apply special effects, filters, frames, text, graphics, etc., to your photos
  • These apps provide tools to make your photos unique and give them a sense of personality or style.

The example “stylizing” apps covered in this post include INSTAGRAM and PIXLR-O-MATIC


Example reasons people choose to “stylize” their images include:

  • creating a statement or vibe
  • to tell a “story”
  • to bring about a sense of nostalgia or an era
  • to camouflage imperfections in an imaginative way
  • and even purely to make their images unique and more artistic

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How to Make a Statement with your Images

Check out the post I wrote for Furnishly with some great free apps to help you enhance those photos.

Here is an excerpt-

" With all of the hype lately about the social sharing photo app Pinterest as well as Instagram getting a ton of recent press,it seems like a good time to talk about some of the applications available to modify and improve your photos.

As a consignment shop owner, designer,or consumer,having the ability to modify and improve your photos can be very important since your photos often serve as your “image” –whether it be a business or brand image or even your own personal image.

Often, images don’t get properly edited because of lack of knowledge of options; concerns over cost of programs that may be needed,and even “fear” of not having the “technical” ability. Today there are many options available that are not only low cost or free,but are geared to be more simple and easy to use for more universal appeal.

The applications covered here were chosen because:

  • they are FREE TO USE 
  • are AVAILABLE ON MULTIPLE DEVICE TYPES (i.e. both iOS and Android) 
  • and generally are known for their EASE OF USE 

Therefore,there is almost no reason to not take advantage of them… “

- Check out the Furnishly Blog: How to Make a Statement with your Furniture Images



Flickr has rolled out Aviary as its new photo editor to replace Picnik

Picnik was the default photo editor for Flickr but Google decided to shut it down and it was removed from Flickr as of April 19, 2012.

For years, Aviary has been offering one of the more advanced suites of web-based, yet easy to use image editing apps. They are now also providing developers ways to quickly integrate their photo editing application into their programs. The Flickr blog post announcement boasts the new Aviary photo editor’s “speed and simplicity” 

You can also read more about this change on Techcrunch

Photo from the Flickr blog